Saturday 24 June 2017

Dunst wants more female-led films

Kirsten Dunst can name only two directors who really think of women as leads
Kirsten Dunst can name only two directors who really think of women as leads

Kirsten Dunst has called for directors to write stronger roles for women.

The Melancholia star feels it is only European filmmakers Lars von Trier and Pedro Almodovar who allow women to shine on the big screen.

"Basically, I feel like Lars von Trier and Pedro Almodovar are pretty much the only two directors that write their scripts starring females only. That doesn't happen very often," she said.

And while she would jump at the opportunity to work with Spanish director Pedro, she admitted: "I don't know if I'm his type, I'm not very Spanish, but maybe he'll work with me. I would love to, of course I would!"

Kirsten's lead role as troubled Justine in Lars' apocalyptic drama, which also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and is in cinemas now, has already won her the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.

"I think it's just the first time that people have seen me in a different light because there's not that many opportunities, I think, for women in film like that," she continued.

"Cannes has always held such a history to me and to be chosen by them was such an honour. I felt very grateful. I was at an age where I could truly enjoy the award too. I feel like this role gave me the opportunity to show a different side of myself."

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